Utah Department of Corrections

The Utah Office for Victims of Crime is a division of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. It provides financial compensation for crime victims, administers and monitors Victim of Crime Act Compensation and Assistance and Violence Against Women grants, networks victim services throughout the state, offers training, and provides support to the Utah Council on Victims of Crime.

For information about the office, visits its website at www.crimevictim.utah.gov. You also may contact the office at 801-238-2360 or 800-621-7444.

The Victim Services Unit provides information, assistance and support to crime victims whose perpetrators are in the custody of the Utah Department of Corrections. Services are provided with respect, compassion and confidentiality. Educational information is provided upon request to allied agencies, community-based groups, or any other entity with a specific interest in the justice system.

For more information about services available, contact:

Doug Fawson
Utah Department of Corrections
14717 S. Minuteman Drive
Draper, UT 84020
801-545-5658
dfawson@utah.gov

When an offender is placed in a chronic-care facility, the Department of Corrections is required by Utah Code to make available the name and address of the facility where the offender resides and the date he/she was placed at that facility. Below is a list of offenders currently in community facilities as of January 2017:

Ronald Blackwater (Released from prison to the health facility on July 19, 2016)

Parkway Health Center

55 S. Professional Way

Payson, UT 84651

Frank Brown (Released from prison to the health facility on Aug. 4, 2016)
Parkway Health Center
55 S. Professional Way
Payton, UT 84651

John J. Clements (Released from prison to the health facility on Aug. 9, 2016)
Mountain View Health Services
5865 S. Wasatch Drive
Ogden, UT 84403

Robert Erwin (Released from prison to the health facility on Jan. 3, 2017)
Mountain View Health Services
5865 S. Wasatch Drive
Ogden, UT 84403

Raymond Fehr (Released from prison to the health facility on November 12, 2014)

Art City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

321 E. 800 South

Springville, UT 84663

Evelyn Christine Johnson (Released from prison to the health facility on Oct. 27, 2015)
Mountain View Health Services
5865 S. Wasatch Drive
South Ogden, UT 84403

David B. Serbeck (Released from prison to the health facility on June 14, 2016)
Midtown Manor Nursing Home
125 S. 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

 

Many victims of violent crimes are left with unanswered questions that prevent them from moving forward with their lives. To help in that process, the Department created the Victim/Offender Dialogue Program.

The program provides a safe environment in which victims or survivors of victims of violent acts — murder, attempted murder and sexual assault — and offenders are given the opportunity to meet face-to-face and share a confidential, open exchange about a crime. The goal is to promote understand, resolution and enhance the ability of both parties to move forward in the aftermath of a destructive event

There is no fee to participate in the Victim Offender Dialogue program; participation of both parties is voluntary. The process is initiated by the victim and can be stopped at any point. The meeting takes place in a private area within a correctional facility, moderated by two trained facilitators.

Both the victim and the offender may have a support person of their choosing provide assistance throughout the process, from exploring the possibility of a face-to-face meeting to working through emotions afterward. There is no set time for completing the process, as each individual case and the parties involved are different.

Many people who have participated in the Victim Offender Dialogue program have found the process helpful in resolving long-standing questions and emotional pain about a crime. 

For more information or to participate in the program, contact:

Doug Fawson
Utah Department of Corrections
14717 S. Minuteman Drive
Draper, UT 84020
801-545-5658
dfawson@utah.gov

The Utah Department of Corrections' VINE Service is a free automated hotline that provides victims and community members with offender information and notification 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Access to this data is available by using any touch-tone telephone. By entering the inmate's name or offender number, the caller can find out if the offender is in custody, and if the offender has a release date. If you have difficulty with the name or offender number you may access a VINE operator or contact the UDC Victim Services Unit for assistance.

Registration for notification also is available using a touch-tone telephone or online. Once registered, the Vine system will call with notification of custody status as listed below. You also may elect to receive notifications by email. The system will send one email notification or call the registered party every hour for up to 48 hours, or until notification is confirmed through entering of the correct PIN code.

General Features

  • Use of the UDC VINE Service is free.
     
  • After you have registered for notification, the UDC VINE Service will notify you if an inmate is released, transferred, escapes or dies.
     
  • All registrations through the UDC VINE Service are anonymous.
     
  • You may register more than one telephone number, using the same PIN for each registration.
     
  • If you are not home when the VINE system calls with a notification, the service will leave a message and call back within two hours.
     
  • You may check online or call the UDC VINE Service as often as you like from any touch-tone telephone to check on an inmate's custody status.
     
  • Live VINE operators, fluent in English and Spanish, may be accessed at any time.

Notification for Utah Department of Corrections' inmates will be made to registered callers for the following events:

  • Release from prison
     
  • Escape from custody
     
  • Return to custody from escape
     
  • Death

  • Parole release date 30 days prior to release

  • Moves to county jails, moves between the Draper and Gunnison prison sites, or moves to community correctional centers (halfway-house)

To register with the UDC VINE System, call toll-free 1-877-884-8463 or visit www.vinelink.com.

For questions regarding VINE, notification, or victim issues, contact Doug Fawson with the Utah Department of Corrections' Victim Services Unit at 801-545-5658.

Please note: Do not depend solely on the VINE service for your protection. If you feel that you may be at risk, take precautions as though the offender has already been released.